Vomiting, commonly known as throwing-up, is the forcing up of contents in your stomach, through your esophagus, out of your mouth. Vomiting is often not a serious problem but the body’s way of handling a temporary issue.
Common causes of vomiting include; seasickness or motion sickness, food allergy, morning sickness during pregnancy, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), pain due to kidney stones or other severe pain, food poisoning, migraine, overeating, or excessive consumption of alcohol.
Here are some common tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with vomiting or nausea;
- Consume foods with high fluid content such as soups.
- Avoid eating highly spiced foods.
- Endeavor to sit up after eating. Avoid lying down.
- Avoid eating in places with nauseating odors such as close to a garbage site.
- You could opt to watch a movie to take your mind off the nausea.
- Avoid eating highly processed foods and greasy foods such as fried foods and canned foods.
- Eat bland foods such as crackers or toast.
- Avoid consuming alcohol, soft drinks, or coffee.
- If the area you are in is stuffy, leave that place and get some fresh air.
- Ensure you get a lot of rest.
Below are home remedies and natural treatments for dealing with vomiting;
Ginger is antiemetic (that is ginger is effective against vomiting) in nature which effectively reduces the feeling of vomiting. Ginger also soothes the digestive system making it easy for you to deal with the condition.
For this remedy, extract the juice from a piece ginger root and consume 1 teaspoon of it along with equal amounts of lemon juice. Repeat this remedy a few times in a day to ease the symptoms. You may also prepare a ginger tea and sip it to get rid of nausea and vomiting. Don’t forget to add some honey to it.
2. Mint Leaves
If a digestive problem is causing vomiting and nausea, mint may help in providing a great relief. Mint has a soothing action on your stomach which relieves the condition.
For this remedy, pour hot water in a cup and add some dried leaves of mint to it. Let it stand for 8-10 minutes, then, strain the solution. Drink the tea to combat vomiting. Chewing a few fresh mint leaves may also work well in reducing the discomfort.
Cinnamon is another great ingredient to naturally relieve vomiting. It has a calming effect on the stomach which helps in making you feel better.
Add a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon or a cinnamon stick in a cup of hot boiling water. Let it steep for some time so that the goodness of cinnamon gets infused in the water. Strain the solution and drink the resultant tea to relieve nausea. You may also add a little amount of honey to enhance its taste. Avoid using this remedy if you are pregnant.
The antiseptic properties of clove are helpful in reducing digestive issues. Due to this clove’s property, it has been used in traditional medicine for many years for numerous digestive ailments. Chew 2-3 cloves for a faster relief. You may also take a spoonful of honey along with the cloves if chewing them alone seems difficult. Do this remedy 1-2 times in a day.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps in dealing with the bad taste in your mouth that is caused by vomiting. Being alkaline in nature, baking soda helps in neutralizing the acids present in the mouth. Therefore, it provides relief from the bad taste while protecting your teeth from the highly acidic fluids that are reversed from the stomach.
Fill a cup with hot water and add a tablespoon of aniseed to it. Let it steep for 8-10 minutes. Then, strain the infused water and drink it two times in a day for an effective relief from vomiting. Aniseed is antiemetic in nature which means it will effectively treat nausea and vomiting in a natural way. Aniseed also improves digestion and relieves associated stomach cramps and pains.
If you feel nauseous due to a stomach upset, cumin seeds may bring a great relief. Cumin seeds improve the functioning of pancreas and help in stimulating the secretion of enzymes helpful for improving digestion.
Grind some cumin seeds and add a half teaspoon of it in a cup of warm water. Drink this solution to get rid of vomiting. You may also consume a mixture of powdered cumin seeds with a teaspoon of honey for a relieving effect.
8. Rice Water
Rice water not only helps in replenishing the lost water content in the body but also soothes the digestive system, thereby relieving queasiness. All you have to do is cook a cup of white rice in one and a half cups of water. When the rice gets fully cooked, strain the water and sip it slowly to stop vomiting. Do not use brown rice as it is difficult to digest and is not recommended if you have an upset stomach.
9. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal has an excellent ability to eliminate toxins from the digestive tract. Simply buy some activated charcoal capsules and consume two capsules with a glass of water every hour. Make sure you do not exceed the daily recommended dose of 5 grams per day for adults.
Activated charcoal may interfere with nutrient absorption. Therefore, it must be taken an hour before or after you take other medications and supplements. It is best to consult a doctor to know if this remedy is suitable for you.
10. Onion Juice
Onion juice may help in healing your digestive disorders caused by a bacterial infection due to its powerful antimicrobial action. Onion juice can effectively stop nausea too. For this remedy, extract one teaspoon juice of onion and mix it with half a teaspoon of honey. Consume it to relieve an upset stomach. Also, prepare a peppermint tea and sip it just after consuming onion juice for a faster effect.
If you are feeling queasy due to the premenstrual syndrome or PMS, chamomile tea can provide you an instant relief. It has a calming and relaxing effect n the body which reduces the urge to vomit.
Pour boiling water in a cup and add dried chamomile to it. Let it steep for a couple of minutes and strain the solution. Add a little amount of honey to it and mix well. Drink it slowly two times a day when you feel nauseated.
Take a cup of warm milk and a piece of dry toast. Dip the toast in the milk and consume it. This would reduce the urge to vomit while soothing your digestive tract. Although there is no scientific evidence on how it works, this remedy has been used for many years to effectively deal with a queasy stomach.
Fennel seeds ease nausea almost instantly. It not only improves digestion but also inhibits stomach flu by killing the microbes responsible for it. For this remedy, put a teaspoon of fennel seeds in your mouth and chew it slowly. Alternatively, boil some water and add crushed seeds of fennel to it. Let it infuse with the water for 10-12 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink it 1-2 times to relieve the symptoms.
Munching on some plain crackers would help in keeping fluids down. It not only relives the feeling of vomiting but also proves beneficial for your digestive tract. Crackers are easy to digest and would also provide a good amount of energy that is needed when you are feeling sick. Eat pretzels, saltine cracker or simply a dry toast to feel better.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can soothe the digestive tract and stop vomiting. It will help in eliminating toxins from the body. Being a powerful antimicrobial agent, it would treat an infection in a natural way. For this remedy, mix one tablespoon each of the vinegar and honey to a glassful of water and drink it.
The relaxing scent of lavender can calm your body and provide relief from nausea, especially due to a pregnancy. All you have to do is mix some lavender oil with almond oil and rub it on your forehead. Gently massage the area. You may take some lavender oil in a cotton ball and inhale it at times you feel queasy.
17. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is another aromatic oil that would relieve vomiting. All you have to do is mix it with jojoba oil and apply it on your forehead. Also, apply some to the stomach. Repeat it several times as needed. You may also add a little lemon oil to a diffuser to keep inhaling the scent and reduce the feeling of nausea.
If your body lost a considerable amount of fluids through vomiting and diarrhea, it is important to replenish it by drinking more water. This act would treat dehydration and prevent the condition from worsening. Keep sipping little amount of water at a regular interval. If you do not like the taste of plain water, add lemon juice or a few pieces of cucumber or watermelon to the water. Keeping your body hydrated will result in faster recovery from the vomiting and nausea symptoms.
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